Spooks: Harry, Ruth and William

William Towers (Simon Russell Beale) and Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker)

“HARRY, I’m going home. Was there anything…”

“Yes, come in. Close the door.”

Spooks series ten, episode three.

Sir Harry Pearce is drinking whisky in his office (again) as he invites Miss Ruth Evershed in.

Sadly, he doesn’t want her to look at his top secret file on purveyors of Earl Grey in the West Country.

Instead Harry has a less than romantic proposal for Ruth, asking her to meet his old flame Elena.

It being too risky for him to be seen with Mrs Gavrik at this latest liaison.

And so dependable Ruth arrives for the meeting at London’s National Gallery:

Elena: “Harry loves you, doesn’t he?”

Ruth: “I have no idea how to answer that question…or why I ever would.”

Those naughty Spooks writers are certainly playing with us again this week:

‘Shall we get Home Secretary William Towers to ask Ruth out for dinner?’

‘Yes, why not? That’ll keep the viewers guessing.’

“I don’t want to be the homewrecker,” insists Towers, as he tries to lure her away from MI5 to a new job by his side.

Leaving us to ponder whether he also wants to explore a special relationship not involving Britain, America or Russia.

“I’m sick of secrets,” confides a softly-lit Ruth, after she says something else about Harry.

“They stop you ever knowing people. Everyone ends up feeling alone.”

Dimitri (Max Brown)

This is not the only “date” in episode three.

After a tentative start, Dimitri embraces the entire concept of going undercover.

The things these young, good-looking spies have to do to save us from disaster.

A shifty-looking bloke has walked off the 0630 Heathrow arrival from Athens.

He turns out to be anarchist John Grier who has brought something with him that strikes terror at the heart of Whitehall.

No, not the Greek National Debt.

A bag full of unstable radioactive material.

Something to reflect on next time you collect your luggage from the arrivals carousel.

Cue aerial shot of his train heading towards Waterloo station – and the threat of an imminent dirty bomb attack in the capital.

Luckily, “Johnny” has an innocent sister called Natalie who works as an admin assistant and at this very moment is looking for Mr Right via an internet dating site.

“She’s been gazing at photos of you for the last 40 minutes,” Calum informs Dimitri, henceforth to be known as estate agent Ryan Cofield.

Equipped with a phone that is also a Geiger counter. Yes, there’s an app for that.

Among other things in episode three, we find out:

– Why Elena betrayed her country.
– That Calum has an Isotope Tracker. (Not a mortgage product)
– Who might have killed Tariq.

Oh yes, Tariq.

A classic Spooks’ death but still sad to see him go.

There’s going to be a family only funeral for Mr Masood, cruelly killed off with just four episodes to go.

As the great Jimmy Webb once wrote: “Didn’t we almost make it this time?”

Calum (Geoffrey Streatfeild)

The investigation into his murder is frozen while the team tackle the immediate threat of radioactive disaster.

But Calum must have a strong feminine side as he can multi-task.

And isn’t about to give up on who killed his colleague.

Malcolm would be proud.


Spooks fans know to watch the opening titles closely as they can turn out to contain a glimpse of a crucial scene in the final episode.

Have we already seen at least part of how Spooks will bow out?

Though not who will live. And who will die?


Spooks continues on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.

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Spooks: This Is The End

Spooks: Lara Pulver

Spooks: Geoffrey Streatfeild

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9 responses to “Spooks: Harry, Ruth and William

  1. soph

    you love to tease us! i wait for your spooks reviews every week and have done since series 8. Thank you!

  2. Rosemary

    Mr Wylie, I have to say that your ‘Spooks’ previews are as enjoyable as the show itself. ‘No, not the Greek national debt’. Love it!

    Good to hear one of the boys is doing the honeytrap op. About time! For about the first time that I can remember, though I stand to be corrected. Episode 3 sounds like another cracker; the writing is excellent so far this series – congratulations, Messrs Backley and Vincent!

    Though I must say, at the risk of offending her many fans, that I am getting a little tired of dependable Ruth and her air of noble self-sacrifice. Nicola Walker plays her wonderfully, but the smell of burning martyr whenever the character comes on screen is beginning to get a little overpowering for me.

    The Gavrik plot, however, becomes more intriguing every week …

    Thanks for another excellent preview!

  3. picard1109

    Don’t trains from Heathrow go into Paddington, not Waterloo? Or has our dirty bomber taken a very circuitous route around the home counties just to avoid the Bakerloo Line?

    I always knew that Ruth was a traiterous little wretch and would betray our dear Harry somehow. And she should remember that Home Secs don’t have a good track record for longevity in Spooks. Or in reality, come to think of it.

    • They do. But there’s also another route you can take that ends up at Waterloo. Think the stock aerial footage available from the BBC Library may have been the deciding factor! And don’t get too far ahead of yourself re the Ruth and the Home Secretary storyline.

  4. Thanks for posting the Radio 4 Extra link, listening to that was definitely 10 mins well spent🙂 I enjoy reading your posts not just for the Spooks spoilery but also your style of writing – too bad there’s only 3 more of these posts left now. Looking forward to episode 3.

  5. Euterpe

    This is my first time commenting but since Spooks is nearing its end I just wanted to let you know that yours are the only pre-promotion I read because you are engaging but not too spoiler-y. Thanks!

    As if the idea of a scene (or two) between such incredible actors as Nicola Walker and Simon Russell-Beale is not enough, the prospect of a scene between Nicola Walker and Alice Krige is almost too delicious to stand! It is nice to see the ensemble feel return in this series.

  6. Jackie

    My first time commenting on your blog also Ian although I’ve been reading over the past couple of series because you are as big a tease as the Spooks writers and, thank goodness, offer lightheated and often funny previews. Some just take Spooks far too seriously! As for episode 3, curiouser and curiouser said Alice!!

  7. Carol Jenks

    Is it only me? I thought tonight’s episode a huge letdown, bitty, badly acted by some. Also rewatching series 3,so much better, characters had warmth, humour and a feeling of reality. This series? Erin can’t seem to open her mouth, calum has little value, dimitri acting like a big girls blouse. Ruth and Harry can’t carry every episode alone. What are the writers playing at?

  8. Spookette

    Have to say I am a bit disappointed by the ‘CIA are the bad guys’ angle – it’s been done to death what with Sarah Caulfield in series 8 and Bob Hogan before that. I’ll reserve my final judgement until the end, but I do hope the imposter storyline plays out in an unexpected way. I also wonder what the point was of the reference to the JFK assassination is? First the file with ‘Lee Harvey Oswald’ on it, then Harry’s question to Ilya last night about who killed JFK. A patsy being the point perhaps? Hm…….

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